2011 Distinguished Alumni Awards are Announced


Caltech has recognized five of its graduates with the Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor regularly bestowed by the Institute. Among them is alumnus Albert Y. C. Yu (BS '63 Engineering) who is chairman of OneAngstrom LLC. He is also chairman of the Kelvin Foundation and a founding member and an affiliate of Caltech's Information Science and Technology Advisory Board. [Caltech Press Release]

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Student Javad Lavaei Recognized as a "New Face" of Engineering


Graduate Student, Javad Lavaei, has been recognized by the National Engineers Week Foundation's New Faces of Engineering program for his "interesting and unique work" in Electrical Engineering and Computing and Mathematical Sciences. This program recognizes young engineers who have shown outstanding ability in projects that significantly impact public welfare or further professional development and growth. [Caltech Feature]

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Caltech Students Meet the Volts


At a special event entitled "Meet the Volts" students had the opportunity to learn about the evolution of electric vehicles from Kent Kresa, Chair of the Caltech Board of Trustees and former Interim Chairman of GM's Board of Directors. Also, presenting at the event was Larry Nitz, GM's Executive Director of Hybrid and Electric Powertrain Engineering, who discussed the propulsion technology that makes the Volt, GM's new electric car, unique. [Watch the Presentations

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Professor Tropp Receives the Monroe H. Martin Prize


Joel A. Tropp, Assistant Professor of Applied and Computational Mathematics,  is one of two winners of the eighth Monroe H. Martin Prize competition.  The prize is awarded to an outstanding paper in applied mathematics by a researcher who is younger than 36 years old.  Professor Tropp's winning paper is entitled "On the conditioning of random subdictionaries."

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Graduate Student Creates Droid


Peter Trautman, graduate student in the Control and Dynamic Systems option, has created a droid to study interactions between humans and machines. The lunch crowd should watch out because the Chandler cafeteria is one of the droid's testing laboratories. [Caltech Press Release]

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Professor Krause Invited to National Academy of Sciences' Symposium


Andreas Krause, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, is an invited speaker at the National Academy of Sciences' Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium. This annual symposium brings together some of the very best young scientists to discuss exciting advances and opportunities in their fields. Speakers are urged to focus their talks on current cutting-edge research in their disciplines to colleagues outside their field. Professor Krause's presentation is entitled. Optimizing Sensing for Decision Making and he will discuss how harnessing sensing resources, such as cell phones and navigations devices, could have enormous benefit on the productivity, quality and security of our society.

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Professor Candes Has Been Selected to Receive the Collatz Prize


Emmanuel J. Candes, Ronald and Maxine Linde Professor of Applied and Computational Mathematics, has been selected to receive the Collatz Prize, in recognition of "his outstanding contributions to numerical solution of wave propagation problems and compressive sensing, as well as anisotropic extensions of wavelets." This prize is given once every four years to an individual scientist under 42 years of age for outstanding work on industrial and applied mathematics. Congratulations to Professor Candes.

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EAS Remembers Professor Jerrold Marsden


Jerrold Marsden, Carl F Braun Professor of Engineering, Control and Dynamical Systems, and Applied and Computational Mathematics, passed away on Tuesday September 21, 2010. "Jerry was an amazing intellectual, a gifted professor and one of the finest colleagues that I have met. He was a great mentor to many of our Caltech students and our younger colleagues. We will miss him greatly and remember him always." said Ares Rosakis, Chair of the Division of Engineering and Applied Science. [Caltech Press Release]

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Scientists Create New Process to "Program" Cancer Cell Death


Niles A. Pierce, Associate Professor of Applied & Computational Mathematics and Bioengineering, and colleagues have engineered a fundamentally new approach to killing cancer cells. The process uses small RNA molecules that can be programmed to attack only specific cancer cells; then, by changing shape, those molecules cause the cancer cells to self-destruct. [Caltech Press Release]

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Keenan Crane has Received a 2010 Google PhD Fellowship


Keenan M. Crane, a graduate student in Computing and Mathematical Sciences, has received a 2010 Google PhD Fellowship for his research in computer graphics. He is one of only 15 winners in the United States and Canada. The Google Fellowship program supports innovative university research in computer science.

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